The Neighborhood Design Center was filled with around 40 people last week when we hosted the Anchor District Council for part of their annual forum—held this year in Columbus. A coalition of nonprofit community service corporations, the Anchor District Council members work in partnership with education, medical, and arts/cultural anchor institutions to transform city anchor districts and their adjacent neighborhoods. The consortium formed in 2012 when the group first convened in Cleveland to share ideas and best practices for collaborative community development.
Campus Partners, a nonprofit affiliate of The Ohio State University, organized many activities for the Council’s forum in Columbus—including a tour of NDC, a walking tour of Weinland Park, and informative meetings with representatives from The Columbus Foundation, the City of Columbus, Waggenbrenner Development, and the University District Special Improvement District.
For their brief stop at NDC, we outfitted the office with illustrations of our work and discussed our strong relationship with the University. Do you have an upcoming event or professional development opportunity that would benefit from learning about the mission and vision of the Neighborhood Design Center? Let us know and we can discuss ways of getting involved!